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HANUKKAH (JEWISH FESTIVAL)

When is Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) in 2021?

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) in 2021 is on the Monday, 29th of Nov (11/29/2021).

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) is on the 333th day of 2021. There are 32 days left in the year.

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) Facts

  • Date: Nov 29, 2021
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Chanukah, Chanukkah, Chanuka, Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication
  • Celebrations: Lighting Candles on the Menorah, Gift exchange
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Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights and the Feast of Dedication celebrated by the Jewish community all over the world. This festival takes place in December every year right around the same time that Christmas is celebrated for non-Jewish Christians. The festival lasts for eight nights where a candle is lit every night on a menorah hence being given the name the festival of lights. The literal meaning of Hanukkah is to dedicate. The Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple on that day.

There is series of rituals performed by the Jews during these eight days of the Hanukkah festival. Some of them are family based and some are collective. There are significant addends to the daily prayer and an additional prayer is added on to the blessing after a meal. It is different from other rituals because there is no special celebration where Jewish people are able to get off of work. Jewish people go to their work as usual but typically leave work early to light the candles before nightfall. Because of the fact that this is not considered as one of the primarily religious holidays schools typically do not close. In Israel school remains closed from day two of the festival through to the last day of Hanukkah.

Over the course of this eight day festival many families give each family member and even friends one gift per night. Additionally, people eat an abundance of friend food during this time to celebrate the important role oil plays during Hanukkah celebration. There are three kinds of blessings which are recited throughout this eight day festival. There is a particular procedure of their recitation. On the first day all of three blessings are recited. On the next night they recite only two and so on.

There are other ways that Hanukkah is celebrated depending on what part of the world you live in. For some families, they may sing Hanukkah songs instead of lighting candles on the menorah. Other activities that families often do together for Hanukkah, are making baked goods such as pastries, cookies and other traditional Jewish food and playing games with a dreidle, which is a wooden octagon shaped "top" that has certain Jewish related symbols. Depending on the symbol that shows up when you spin it and it stops you have a specific action to do. This is a favourite amongst children in the Jewish faith.

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sun
  • Dec 09, 2012
  • Sun
  • Dec 16, 2012
  • Thu
  • Nov 28, 2013
  • Thu
  • Dec 05, 2013
  • Wed
  • Dec 17, 2014
  • Wed
  • Dec 24, 2014
  • Mon
  • Dec 07, 2015
  • Sun
  • Dec 25, 2016
  • Wed
  • Dec 13, 2017
  • Mon
  • Dec 03, 2018
  • Sun
  • Dec 22, 2019
  • Fri
  • Dec 11, 2020
  • Mon
  • Nov 29, 2021

List of Religious Holidays of Jewish in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
ThursdayThuJan 28, 2021Jan 28Tu Bishvat
FridayFriFeb 26, 2021Feb 26Purim
SundaySunFeb 28, 2021Feb 28Shushan Purim
SundaySunMar 28, 2021Mar 28Passover - First Day
SundaySunApr 04, 2021Apr 04Passover - Final Day
ThursdayThuApr 08, 2021Apr 08Yom Hashoah
WednesdayWedApr 14, 2021Apr 14Yom HaZikaron
ThursdayThuApr 15, 2021Apr 15Yom HaAtzma'ut
MondayMonApr 26, 2021Apr 26Second Passover
FridayFriApr 30, 2021Apr 30Lag BaOmer
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10Yom Yerushalayim
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17Shavuot (1st day)
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18Shavuot
SundaySunJul 18, 2021Jul 18Tish'a B'Av
TuesdayTueSep 07, 2021Sep 07Rosh HaShana Starts
WednesdayWedSep 08, 2021Sep 08Rosh HaShana Ends
ThursdayThuSep 09, 2021Sep 09Fast of Gedaliah
ThursdayThuSep 16, 2021Sep 16Yom Kippur
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21Sukkot Starts
MondayMonSep 27, 2021Sep 27Sukkot Ends
TuesdayTueSep 28, 2021Sep 28Shmini Atzeret
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29Simchat Torah
MondayMonNov 29, 2021Nov 29Hanukkah Starts
MondayMonDec 06, 2021Dec 06Hanukkah Ends